Submit the opening chapter of up to 3,000 words as a PDF + a short synopsis (one document). If you have more than one chapter within the word count, please submit the first 3,000 words of your novel. If the opening chapter (including any prologue) is longer than 3,000, please only submit up to the word count.
Do not include your name on the entry (including the file name) as all entries will be judged anonymously.
Use the title of your novel as the filename.
Your entry must be a work of fiction aimed at adults.
It can be self published, newly published (from 1st January 2020) or unpublished.
Your novel should be complete.
Format your manuscript by using double or 1.5 line spacing. Use a standard font and font size 12 and standard margins.
All entries must be sent electronically - no postal submissions allowed.
All entries must be in English.
Submit your biography (one page only) as a separate document within your submission.
*By entering, you agree to be contacted about relevant workshops and events connected to Novel London.
Key dates confirmed so far:
31st July 2021 - Deadline for Entries.
4th September 2021 - Long-list will be announced.
Novel London Literary Festival - September 2021
As with all of our events over the past few years, please note that we will be asking writers who make the long-list for a blurb of their novel and a profile picture, which will be used for publicity on the Novel London website and social media platforms. All short-listed writers will be asked to come and join us for the evening of readings which will take place online as part of the festival and will culminate with the prize winners being announced.
In 2015 he was the recipient of a New Writing North Award.
In 2020 his debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney, won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Polari First Book Prize.
He lives in Manchester and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University.
Photo credit: Martin Glackin
Sairish Hussain was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire.She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing.
Sairish completed her PhD in 2019 after being awarded the university's Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. Her debut novel, The Family Tree, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award.
She is now writing her second book.
Jon Barton edits for The Literary Consultancy and teaches for City Academy Ltd and Iconic Steps.
He is a London-based screenwriter with ten years’ experience as a dramatist, writing plays, continuing drama for the BBC, and new work for children and young people. His work has been produced onscreen and onstage at major London venues, including The Old Vic and The Almeida. He’s part of the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew 2021, and his current spec screenplay was recently optioned by Northern Ireland Screen.
His debut novel, Dive, will be published next year.
Novel London Literary Festival Preliminary Program of Events
THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE IN SEPTEMBER 2021
Novel London Literary Festival Session 1
Using Mentoring to Develop Your Novel
Join Nadine Matheson and Rupi Gohlar in a discussion on how mentoring can build your confidence and develop your craft.
Nadine Matheson is crime writer and a Criminal Solicitor. In 2016, she won the City University Crime Writing Competition and completed the Creative Writing (Crime/Thriller Novels) MA at City University of London with Distinction in 2018. She is the author of Jigsaw Man.
Rupi Gohar won the second prize at last year's Novel London literary competition and has been mentored by Nadine Matheson on her debut novel, Same Same But Different.
Christine started her career as a junior editor at the distinguished publishing house of Faber and Faber; from there she joined the John Johnson literary agency which handled writers such as Dick Francis, Clare Francis and D M Thomas – and where she first met Maeve Binchy. There started a friendship which lasted more than thirty years.
Christine formed her own agency in 1984, since when she has worked closely with a small number of clients, among them many prize-winning and best- selling writers.
Followed by a Q&A session.
Novel London Literary Festival Session 4
An Evening of Readings
Judged by Sairish Hussain, Okechukwu Nzelu and Jon Barton, once again this year's Novel London Literary Competition was open to international entries.
Aisling Watters is twenty-eight. She lives in Wexford, south-east Ireland and she has a BA in English, Sociology and Politcs from NUI Galway and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from University College Dublin.
She was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2020 and is currently represented by Elise Dilsworth.
Rupi Gohar has BA in English Literature (2.1 with honours) from the University of Sheffield and postgraduate course in Journalism and Editorial training with the Trinity Mirror Group as well as a Novel Writing and Longer Works course at the City University of London. She worked as a Senior Journalist and Features Writer for a number of years before moving on to a career in Communications and PR.
Simon lives as part of a dog dominated family near Melbourne, Australia. He returned to fiction in 2017 after a long absence and in 2018 two of his initial pieces of Flash Fiction were published in Bath Anthology Three (one of which was highly commended).
In 2019 he joined UK based @VirtualZine as senior editor/reader. In 2020 he repeated his flash fiction success with a runner-up prize at Bath Flash Fiction out of 1461 entries.
His first crime novel, ‘Cut of a Knife’, was a Pitch Perfect finalist at Bloody Scotland in 2018.
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